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What are Bio-Identical Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones are plant based, extracted from Soya & Yams. They are made from plant oestrogen’s and based on a substance known as “Diosgenin”

Both Body Identical Hormone and Bio-identical Hormone treatment options use the same active ingredients (often termed body-identical) that have the same chemical and molecular structure as the naturally occurring hormones produced in the body. As a result, they fit the hormone receptor sites perfectly, so their messages are translated properly and their effects are more consistent with the normal biochemistry of the body. Unlike conventional HRT which are synthetically produced, the body does not recognise bio-identical hormones as foreign, so side-effects are less likely.
Licensed BODY IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY that is available on the NHS is available only in limited dose options and is not tailored to the individual. Unlicensed COMPOUNDED BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACENT THERAPY is another term for what is referred to as customised bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. It is called compounded BHRT because it is produced in a compounding pharmacy. They are using the same active hormones used in licensed BHRT, and instead these are compounded specific to the patient’s dose requirements made under strict regulation by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)


Why might you need Bioidentical Hormone Therapy?

The hormones within your body control most of your basic bodily functions, and work as an internal communication system between your body’s cells. Everything from your daily mood, energy, digestion, appetite, immune system and libido is controlled by hormones, which is why when these hormones are out-of-sync or unbalanced, it can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health and well-being



Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for the menopause

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is used to treat both men and women when their hormone levels drop or become unbalanced. It’s most frequently used to ease the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause in women, and this is what we specialise in here at The Menopause Clinic.

Recent research has shown that women are experiencing perimenopause and menopause at much earlier ages than is predicted, and sometimes by the age of 40, a woman can be totally depleted of normal levels of estrogen, have lost almost all their progesterone, and have lost more than half of their testosterone. These fluctuating levels and hormone imbalances can cause serious health issues in some cases, and it’s for this reason that we really encourage patients not to wait until symptoms are strong before getting their hormone levels assessed.

What is involved with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy at The Menopause Clinic?

All bio-identical hormone treatments that are prescribed by Deborah Vines at The Menopause Clinic are individually tailored to suit each patient’s needs and requirements and come in the form of creams, lozenges or capsules, depending on which is most suitable.

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